Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters FTW

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but off-the-shoulder sweaters are all the rage again. I’m not even sure they went anywhere, but perhaps they laid dormant for awhile, ready to sprout en masse should they be called upon once again. Lo and behold, they have risen. Just not above the shoulders.

Knitscene is the place to find off-the-shoulder sweater patterns. One of my favorite patterns from knitscene Winter 2016 is the Banquet Sweater by Kiri FitzGerald. You get the asymmetrical shoulders by using short-rows.

off-the-shoulder sweaters

The Savannah Pullover in knitscene Spring 2018 also has an off-the-shoulder look, but with no short-rows required. It has a stretchy cast on, so rather than being asymmetrical it’s just a little loose and can hang off either shoulder.

off-the-shoulder sweaters

The 100% cotton yarn for this project, Berroco Elba, has an interesting tape construction that helps give it more elasticity than a plied cotton yarn. It helps give the top a little bounce. An intermediate-level project, there are some bits of lace but the top is mostly stockinette stitch. It’s a great springtime knit! Rock those shoulders!


Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 33.5 (37.75, 41, 45.25, 49.5, 53.75)“ bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 37.75”; modeled with 5.75” of positive ease.

Yarn Berroco Elba (100% cotton; 137 yd/1.75 oz): #7740 small sea hare, 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) balls.

Needles Size 10 (6 mm): 24–32” circular, depending on size you are making, and set of double-pointed. Size 11 (8 mm): 16” and 24–32” circular, depending on size you are making, and set of double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 15 sts and 22 rnds = 4” in St st on larger needle.

Notes This pullover is worked in the round from the top down with raglan shaping. The sleeves are worked in the round from the top down.

Happy sweater knitting,

Check out our other off the shoulder patterns!


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